The Digital Fabrication Lab (DFL) is a College of Design facility for the fabrication and assembly of prototypes and mock-ups, ranging from human scale to building scale.
The lab supports College of Design studios, electives, and research, by providing access to workspace, studio space, and training on machines. Additionally, the lab houses a small structures and materials characterization lab.
The coursework, equipment, and research that takes place in the lab mainly focuses on the transition between digital inputs and physical outputs using CNC equipment.
Space and Machinery
The main component of the DFL is a 13,000 ft2 high bay shop, containing both large and small format machines for working wood, metal, plastic, and concrete. Centered around the high bay are large format CNC machines:
- 3 and 5 axis routers (4’x8’)
- 3 axis waterjet (5’x10’)
- 4 axis hotwire foam cutter (4’x4’x4’)
- A 6 axis Kuka Robotic arm (KR Quantec Pro) also provides capability in robotic programming, control, and fabrication.
A host of smaller manual equipment, for drilling, sanding, cutting, welding, etc., complement the automated equipment.
The computer lab supports studios, electives, and seminars. Our software package contains the College of Design's standard design software, as well as specialized software tied to parametric modeling, digital modeling, and fabrication.
The DFL has a full height loading dock, a half height loading dock, and can receive deliveries off any size truck.
1) Students who need help with course-related projects should not show up at the lab unannounced. You must first make an appointment by emailing lab manager Jake Tompkins.
2) To learn whether or not the DFL can accommodate your project, you must schedule a consultation meeting with lab manager Jake Tompkins.
3) Additionally, two pre-project meetings are required before production starts: The first pre-project meeting covers scope and materials. The second involves programming the parts into CNC machinery.
The DFL is a secured building with card access to doors and loading docks. The lab is only available to select students, faculty, and guests of the College of Design. Completion of a lab safety course is required for access to the machinery in this lab.
Lab Manager: Jake Tompkins
Location and Hours
676 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30318
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed